I use to love to read “adventure” books like the tales of Lewis and Clark, gnarly climbing adventures of struggle and survival, exploration of the African continent before white men were there, and other crazy tales.
I’d get swallowed in the adventure book (staying up until 2am reading).
I didn’t just read about it either. It was my life for many years. One adventure after the next:
- 3 months hitchhiking around New Zealand with my skis and backpack.
- Driving across the U.S. with everything I owned in the back of my car not knowing where I’d end up.
- 5 weeks in Peru climbing 15,000 to 20,000 foot peaks (story to come on this).
- 5 weeks in Guatemala living with a family, taking spanish lessons every day.
- 3 months in India climbing in the Himalayas, meditating at the home of the Dalai Lama, and going on camel treks in the desert.
- 2 months in Nepal with my sister, trekking, running into Maoists and dancing with the locals
There’s more, but I’ll save those for another day. I think you get the idea – I like adventure. I did it as a career for 17 years I loved it so much.
Why do I love it? Because it feeds a part of my soul – the part that desires excitement, newness, the unknown, uncertainty, fun, and “adventure suffering” – all rolled into one.
Adventure feeds your mind, body and soul. It brings newness and excitement of the unknown. If you haven’t had an adventure for awhile or at all, plan one, get out, and do it in the next 6 months to a year. You’ll be really glad you did!
On July 4, 2013, after instructing and guiding others in the mountains for adventure and soul searching for almost 20 years, my friend Elaine and I decided it was time to start doing it for our own fun again.
Enjoy the pics and videos below from my latest adventure into the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness 20 miles north of Yellowstone National Park into a spot called the “Lake Plateau.” It’s absolutely gorgeous! (And hear my confession in one of the videos below…)
Packing up at the car – super excited!
Beautiful Lake Katherine – first day out
On Columbine Pass – lightning coming our way
Sunset as the clouds part after the storm
Practicing my hoola hooping talent at the lake
(how does this work?)
High alpine meadow – gorgeous!!
Elaine and I LOVING IT!
We’re posing for the cover of Backpacker Magazine
Yoga and meditation every morning!
A little blurry, but you gotta see the rainbow…
Back at the car, 35 miles later,
bag of chips fully eaten, out of the rain, happy!
Get out there on your own adventure. You’ll renew, energize, and feed your mind, body and spirit! And please share below what your favorite adventure has been – you’ll inspire others to get out there!
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